‘Centre passive to flood-affected Kodagu’

Dinesh Gundu Rao, President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), said on Saturday that the Centre was showing step-motherly attitude in releasing funds for the flood-affected Kodagu district and other districts in the State which had suffered damages due to heavy rains.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Rao said that there was no response from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the flood-affected Kodagu district.

The Union government should have at least announced an immediate relief of ₹500 crore for Kodagu district and after getting final report of damage, later increased the relief amount to the district. But this had not happened.

The districts of Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu, which had suffered damages due to heavy rains were all represented by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs. But these MPs were doing nothing to get relief funds from the Centre. The State had elected 17 BJP MPs. But they were silent on the Mahadayi issue or getting funds for drought affected districts in the State, he said.

To a query, Mr. Rao said that the behaviour of the Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman in snapping at the Kodagu District Incharge Minister S.R. Mahesh smacked of high-handedness. By doing it, she had shown disrespect to the State.

“We expected that Ms. Sitharaman would make some announcement of relief from the Union government. But that did not happen. As she is handling the Defence portfolio, she has several facilities at her disposal, she could have helped in Kodagu relief works,” he said.

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